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The Inmate by Freida McFadden

Digital Reads Reviews is a blog-haven for book posts and tech tips. This is a review of a psychological thriller.
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Publication Date: June 2022

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There are three rules Brooke Sullivan must follow as a new nurse practitioner at a men’s maximum-security prison:

1) Treat all prisoners with respect.

2) Never reveal any personal information.

3) Never EVER become too friendly with the inmates.

But none of the staff at the prison knows Brooke has already broken the rules.

Nobody knows about her intimate connection to Shane Nelson, one of the penitentiary’s most notorious and dangerous inmates.

And they certainly don’t know that Shane was Brooke’s high school sweetheart—the star quarterback who is now spending the rest of his life in prison for a series of grisly murders.

Or that Brooke’s testimony was what put him there.

But Shane knows.

And he will never forget.

My Review

What was it all about

The Inmate by Freida McFadden was a fast, paced thriller where Brooke’s testimony incarcerated her boyfriend into life. 

A twist of fate and Brooke landed herself a job at the same prison which held her high school sweetheart.

Was Shane innocent? Had her memory played a trick? And Brooke had broken a few rules. One was about her son. 

How it made me feel - The Good

Thrilling and fast paced with more murders and lost girls were the norm of this author. And the book did not disappoint me on those counts. 

The pages just flew as I was sipping on my hot tea. This was completely a breakfast read that gave me my first cardio workout of the day, where I just had to know the truth. 

There was comfort in reading this book as I knew the author would lead me down a few blind alleys, fooling me with many suspects. I quite enjoyed going down that merry road. 

The finale was completely unexpected, blindsided me. Including the last chapter which pulled the rug from below my feet.  

The Bad

A few settings of the book were formulaic. The same isolated farmhouse, storm and floods, no cellular network, and murders of 3 friends. 

That felt to be like a scene of a B-grade movie where we audience would scream at the dumb bimbettes not to enter such a place, and they would surely enter. Here, too, the book had a few exaggerated scenes. 

The Conclusion

Barring some cliched scenes, the book was well worth the long breakfast and dual cups of tea. I enjoyed it. 

I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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